Funding Acknowledgements

National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) – National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) Services

BUSHkids is a chosen NDIS Partner in the Community delivering ECEI Services to children living around Emerald, Gladstone and Rockhampton in the Central Highlands and Bundaberg, Gympie, Hervey Bay, Kingaroy and Maroochydore in the Fraser Coast and Sunshine Coast areas.  The ECEI program is fully funded by NDIA, the federal agency responsible for delivering the NDIS. ECEI services are designed to help children from 0-6 years of age who have a disability or developmental delay access the specialised supports and services they need to achieve better long-term outcomes. Developmental delay is when a child is slower to develop physical, emotional, social or communication skills than other children of that age.  As an Early Childhood Partner, BUSHkids supports families of children with developmental delay and provides the support needed to improve the child’s development. Where a child requires more intensive early intervention supports, BUSHkids staff work with the family to develop an NDIS plan to access the support funding the child needs on a more long-term basis.

Department of Social Services – Children and Parenting Support

BUSHkids is funded by the Department of Social Services as part of the Families and Children program to provide early intervention and prevention services and resources that are aimed at improving children’s development and wellbeing and supporting the capacity of those in a parenting role, in Agnes Water/Miriam Vale, Kingaroy/Nanango, and Stanthorpe.

Department of Social Services – Communities for Children

BUSHkids is funded as a Community Partner under the Communities for Children Programme to provide evidenced-based programmes to support and enhance the health, development and well-being of families and children in Mount Isa.

Department of Health

BUSHkids receives funding from the Department of Health under a contractual arrangement to provide child and family therapy services, for children up to 13 years of age living in Bundaberg, Dalby and Warwick.

Department of Education and Training

BUSHkids receives funding through a service agreement with the Department of Education and Training, to meet stakeholder needs by providing targeted individual and group assessments, intervention, advise and support for students who are at risk of poor educational outcomes living in and around Emerald and Mount Isa, and to provide targeted education sessions for student support teams as identified in collaboration with local school communities.

The John Villiers Trust Funding

The John Villiers Trust (JVT), a Melbourne-based organisation that represents the perpetual interests of central Queensland rural property owner and cattleman Mr John Villiers, who passed away in 2002. Thanks to a very generous grant of $500,000 from the Trust to our organisation, we were able to relocate and build our new Warwick Centre, which has made a vital difference to the urgent needs of children and families across the Southern Downs.

The JVT Chairman of Trustees, Mr Darvell Hutchinson AM, acknowledged a strong legacy of charitable interests by Mr Villiers, who had expressed ‘particular regard’ in his Will for the work of BUSHkids.

Perpetual Managed Trust Funding

The support is funded by the following and managed by Perpetual:

  • Felix & Isabel Clewett
  • Dorothy Melrose Jackson
  • Russell McKimmon Charitable Trust